class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Spanish champions are looking for their first win at home this season and we think they will claim the points in a low-scoring encounter
Real Madrid play their first home match of the new La Liga season on Wednesday evening when they welcome Valladolid to the Spanish capital.
The Santiago Bernabeu is still undergoing renovation works so Zinedine Zidane’s men will be playing their home matches at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in their training complex, and Los Blancos come into this midweek clash off the back of a 3-2 win at Real Betis on Sunday.
Valladolid, for their part, have two points from their opening three games and have not won away to Madrid since 2000.
Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid Latest Odds
The Liga champions were unbeaten at home last season and bet365 price them at 1/4 (1.25) to claim three points.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side only won four away games last term, three of which were against sides that were relegated, so it is no surprise to see the visitors offered at 9/1 (10.00) with the draw at 5/1 (6.00).
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Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid Team News
Midfielder Toni Kroos picked up a muscle injury at the weekend and will definitely be missing for the hosts, while it remains to be seen whether Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio have recovered from their respective problems to pick up their first minutes of the season.
Valladolid have numerous issues with defenders Javi Moyano, Joquin Fernandez and Kiko Olivas all out, as well as midfielder Ruben Alcaraz and goalkeeper Jordi Masip.
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Having failed to net in their opening game of the campaign, Madrid put three past Betis at the weekend to kickstart the defence of their title.
There does remain some questions around Los Blancos’ attacking prowess and of the three goals they scored at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, one was a penalty and the other an own goal.
Madrid’s 34th La Liga crown was won by having a solid defence and therefore not needing to score many goals, with 11 of their 26 wins coming by either a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.
Despite battling against relegation for much of last year, Valladolid had the seventh-best defensive record in La Liga and Los Pucelanos are a difficult side to break down.
They also struggle in front of goal with their total of 32 strikes in 38 games – the lowest of all 17 teams who avoided the drop last term.
Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid Tips and Predictions
There could be some interest in backing the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 4/5 (1.80) but more appealing is the option of backing Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals in the game at 21/20 (2.05).
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